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Valentine's Day for Him? Can't Go Wrong with Steak
A way to a man's heart is...
Ask a guy what he wants for Valentine's Day and he'll freeze up. He'll think you're reminding him to get you something.
Once he's convinced you actually want to get a gift for him, he'll pat you on the head, kiss your cheek and say "Nothing, Babe. Don't worry about it."
At the same time, in his head he's thinking: "Valentine's Day is for girls, the last thing I need is a pink necktie with hearts on it."
Whatever he's saying, whatever he's thinking, the question remains: what do you get him? Maybe the greeting card with sprinkles you get him every year doesn't seem like enough this year. This year you really want to knock it out of the park.
It's too easy: keep him at home and cook something. Cook something you know he'll like but is more special than usual. How about a steak? Can't go wrong with steak.
What does a man want for Valentine's Day? Well, what does he want every day? Food. Cook him a steak at home and you'll do fine.
Valentine's Day doesn't have to be complicated
What you see in the picture above is osechi: a Japanese tradition. Osechi is very special. In Japan, it is eaten only on New Year's Day and is almost always homemade. In fact, some families start gathering the ingredients as early as October.
It is then specially prepared days in advance and delicately arranged in the boxes called jubako. All of this is to ensure good luck and fortune throughout the coming year.
Your Valentine's Day doesn't have to be anything like this. In fact, he might think something like this is excessive. Then that greeting card with sprinkles that he got for you might seem inadequate. You don't want him to feel inadequate on Valentine's Day.
But steak? Seriously?
Isn't steak a bit... unremarkable? Well, that depends on what he eats the rest of the year.
For example, I live in Japan. While tuna and salmon are reasonable, steak is worth its weight in gold. Unless I go back "home" to the US to visit relatives, I eat steak a few times a year.
So, unless he eats steak more than once a week, its mindless simplicity is what makes it shine. Since it's Valentine's Day, why not skip the supermarket and get your steak somewhere else?
I have never ordered meat or seafood online. Call me old fashioned. Then I tried a sirloin from Omaha Steaks. It was back in my Army days when a fellow medic invited me to a barbecue. I was impressed. The price was worth it and it will be for you this Valentine's Day.
How to cook a steak - It's not as hard as you think
Wherever you get your steak, you have to cook it. There's no need to over-complicate things. Gordon Ramsay shows how in the video below. If you're having trouble watching it, click here.
Anything on the side? Well, reader, I'll leave it to you. Just remember that side dishes are where you can either get creative or keep it familiar. Is there something he always orders on the side with his meat? Always? Is there something you know he'll love but he's never tried because he's always going with that same-old, fail-safe side dish?
Either way, nothing says you can't buy these from the market if you don't have much time. If you do have the time take a look at the cookbook below. If you've tried any of the recipes let us know how it went in the comments section.
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What do Japanese people really eat? What do expats in Japan eat? Here's a blog of what I have for dinner everyday.